According to the EPA: Washington state contributes about 0.20 percent of the world’s fossil fuel emissions; and if our state’s carbon tax is implemented it would lower the world’s average temperature by less than 0.002 of 1 degree by the year 2100.
To reduce our state’s absolutely minuscule impact on global climate change, Democrats in Olympia want to take more than money from taxpayers through the carbon tax. Gov. Inslee says that we must do our part now to prevent droughts, floods and the death of salmon and oysters. Does he actually believe that reducing the planet;s temperature by less than 0.002 of 1 degree in 80 years will make any difference at all?
Climate change is a global problem that can only be solved by global solutions. One state — or even 50 states — cannot do it by themselves. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels is obviously a good thing. But market forces are already having an impact; that’s why the state wants to implement a pay-by-mile tax and move away from the gas tax.
Moreover, there is an inconvenient truth that climate change worriers seem to ignore: even before there were humans on Earth, the world went through episodes of drastic climate change all on its own.
Wouldn’t humanity’s resources be better used in trying to learn how to adapt to climate change? This way, when future generations are faced with naturally caused climate changes they will have the benefit of seeing how we were able to cope.
Dan Van Eycke